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Device Encryption



What Is Encryption?

Encryption is a method of preventing unauthorized access to electronic data. It is used to protect data on devices such as computers, laptops, cellphones, or USB sticks.  Encryption is imperative for, securing your documents, keeping your email private and, ultimately, it allows for peace of mind if a computer is misplaced, lost or stolen.

Why Should I Encrypt My Devices?

At UBC, we are regulated by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), which requires us to protect personal information from unauthorized collection, use, or disclosure. In support of the law, UBC policy requires that all mobile devices storing personal information must be encrypted.  More information is available on the UBC Privacy Matters website.

Encrypting UBC Owned Devices

For a device purchased with UBC funds MSL IT will take care of enabling encryption on it.  Please contact us to arrange a time to drop the device off with us.

Encrypting Personally Owned Devices

All personally owned systems used in the MSL for work must to be encrypted.  Once you follow the instructions below, please visit MSL IT with your device so we can confirm it was successfully encrypted.  If you fail to encrypt your device and do not follow up with us, we will notify your lab manager.


Please follow the Windows 10 Education licensing and upgrade instructions and then bring the device to MSL IT Support to enable encryption.


Please follow Apple's instructions to enable FileVault.  If encounter any issues while attempting to follow the instructions please contact us to arrange a time for us to look at the device.

Ubuntu Linux

Please follow the instructions on the Ubuntu community forums to encrypt your device.  There are also instructions to encrypt just your home folder on